Varsity Preps

Canes, Noles, Gators in the Mix for 2015 Westminster Chr. (FL) RB/FS Cronkite

2015 RB/FS Jordan Cronkite (6’0, 195, 4.53) of Westminster Christian in Florida rushed 75 times for 700 yards and hauled in 15 receptions for an additional 250 yards, totaling 11 touchdowns. He splits time in the backfield with another big time 2015 back, Tim Irvin.

Cronkite currently owns offers from USF, Mississippi St., and Georgia Tech. He spoke about each program that has offered.

“WR Coach Al Preston and A Backs Coach Lamar Owens are recruiting me to Georgia Tech. They told me that I could be a big time wing back in their offense.

USF hired the coach from Miami Central, Telly Lockette. He knew me from seeing me at camps and combines, and the USF staff called my coaches and told me they were offering. I was excited about that, it was the first Florida school.

Mississippi St. came down for a spring practice last year, invited me to camp. I performed very well in camp and they offered before I left.”

Westminster’s talented two-way star reports Miami, Florida, FSU, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia are showing him a lot of attention. Cronkite talked about the Hurricanes. “Miami has been recruiting me heavily the past month. I went to the spring game, spring practice, and a Junior Day. At the Orange and White game, I saw how they distribute the ball around and how the coaches are, got to meet the players before the game. I really enjoyed it,” he said.

He’s being recruited at two positions by Miami. “I’m not sure which position they want me for, but DB Coach Paul Williams wants me at safety and OC James Coley wants me as a running back.”

Cronkite spoke about the Gators and Seminoles. “I attended the Florida vs. South Carolina game last season. DB Coach Travaris Robinson is recruiting me there. I met the players, got a tour of campus. It’s a great gameday environment and I like that about UF.

“Coach Coley was recruiting me, but he’s at Miami now. I still receive letters from FSU inviting me to their camp so the new staff can get to know me.”

Cronkite plans to camp at LSU, Miami, FSU, and Florida this summer.

Two factors in particular will carry more importance when he’s narrowing down his list of options next season. “I want to be able to compete for playing time as a freshman,” he said. “I’m willing to travel, but I’d really like to play closer to home so family can see me play.”

Even though Cronkite remains wide open to all opportunities, there is a favorite in place. “Of course Miami is my favorite, they’re the hometown team and I grew up watching them. Ultimately, I’m still open to all programs.”

He’d like to have a decision in place by the start of his senior season.

— Michael Bradley